Abstract # 87:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 11:00 AM-11:15 AM: Session 11 (Magnolia) Oral Presentation


ADVANCES IN RELOCATION OF THE PRIMATOLOGY & WILDLIFE FIELD RESEARCH STATION, BALANCÁN, TABASCO, MÉXICO

J. C. Serio-Silva1, L. M. García-Feria1, F. Vidal-García1, G. Pozo-Montuy2, A. A. Vásquez-Aguilar3, A. Barbachano-Guerrero4 and F. C. Espinosa-Gómez5
1Instituto de Ecología AC (INECOL), Red de Biología y Conservación de Vertebrados, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 2Biología Integral en Impacto Ambiental, SA de CV, Puebla, México, 3Instituto de Ecología AC, Red de Biología Evolutiva, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, 4Laboratorio de Medicina de Conservación- Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México DF, 5Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana Xalapa, Veracruz, México
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     Studying wild primates is an intellectual and physical challenge undertaken by a few, fortunate researchers. However, some decline this opportunity because in most cases it implies isolating oneself from the basic necessities. Thus, in few parts of the world field stations have been built to make it possible to spend long periods under safe and suitable conditions. From 2006 to the present, several students and researchers led by Dr. Serio-Silva have worked together to establish the first Biology Station in the Lower Basin of the Usumacinta River region and particularly in Balancán, Tabasco, Mexico. Here our studies have mainly focused on the ecology, behavior, conservation and management of the black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) living under conditions of extreme habitat fragmentation. Given the risk of floods that have affected us in recent years we have made the decision to relocate our field station, where we had the kind support and donations of several colleagues (Dr. Noel Rowe, Dr. Randy Kyes, Dr. Colin Chapman, Dr. Kim Phillips) and Institutions (INECOL, Primate Conservation Inc., Conservation Committee ASP, One Earth Institute & Center for Global Field Study–UW).Our academic products include theses (14), books (1), articles (10) and book chapters (8). Beside this, four courses have been given on Field Primatology where students trained are currently working on wild primates in Mexico or other countries.